Rick Ross is hoping to ink a deal that would bring rising Pittsburg emcee Wiz Khalifa to Maybach Music Group.
Preceding the release of his Teflon Don album, Ross reached out to Khalifa and Curren$y on Twitter and secured a “sativa remix” to “Super High.” He was so impressed with their performances he told MTV News that he’s had informal discussion to bring Khalifa to his own Maybach Music group, which currently houses Triple C’s.
“You know, Wiz, what’s happening, this is the Boss, Ricky Ross, Teflon Don. You know we spoke of this in the last week or two, but my question is even more personal that I’d love to ask you right now,” Ross began. “What would it take for us to close the deal, Wiz Khalifa and Maybach Music? I feel like the homie is a superstar. We discussed this last week. He’s most definitely loyal to his team. But like I told him, there’s always more to get.”
Khalifa has had a breakout year, receiving accolades from Bun B and now Rick Ross. His recently announced a national tour featuring Big K.R.I.T. and Yelawolf. The positive reception for his Kush X Orange Juice mixtape resulted in MTV crowning him the 2010 Hottest Breakthrough Artist of the Year with nearly 70,000 votes. Wiz almost doubled the votes to his closest peer Nicki Minaj.
New York magazine has reported that Wiz Khalifa already signed a major label deal in secret to Atlanta Records in April. Khalifa has yet to confirm or deny the report. But he has maintained that he is still looking for a label home.
At press time, he has not commented on Rick Ross’ offer.
Can’t blame Rozay for trying, but we all know good and well Khalifa isn’t signing to no Maybach Music group.
The word going around in the insutry is that many of the new indie emcees secured their major label deals months ago. They maintain the indepedent tag to help with their credibility. The labels are thus relegated away from public view but still assist the artist behind the scenes.
Atlantic Records has an inconsistent history with Hip-Hop acts, but they’ve done well with another young emcee recently in B.o.B.. If Khalifa has already signed with them, that may have helped sway his choice.
So far I prefer Wiz’s mixtapes to his albums. It’s difficult to discern whether his past album quality was due to label interference, or if he is just better in the mixtape format.
This situation will become clearer when he announces the distributor of his next project.